The region of Murcia is situated on the Costa Calida (the warm coast) between Costa Blanca and Costa de Almeria. The region is easily accessible via Alicante airport (about 45 minutes) and Murcia-San Javier airport (about 10 minutes). Getting around in the region is easy by car as the area has a modern road network connecting all the major towns.-
During the summer months the weather can get very hot yet the winters are mild with the temperature averaging around 14 degrees. The province of Murcia is irrigated by the Rivers Segura, Murdo and Sangonera which makes ideal conditions for the many orchards of citrus fruit. In contrast the area also has expanses of dry, arid land where olives and vines thrive, then turning to desert-like land covered in cacti and palms.
The province has 170km of coastline with wonderful beaches at La Manga and Aguilas, in addition to the largest salt water lagoon in Europe - the Mar Menor. The historical city of Cartagena has a large port with lively bars and restaurants and can offer some excellent shopping.
The city of Murcia is described as one of the most beautiful and historic in the country. The city stands on the banks of the river and enjoys all year round sunshine. It has the highest temperatures in the region. There is a great deal of Moorish influence in the city, not least of all the impressive city walls. After the re-conquest, the 20 mosques in the city were turned into churches. The Cathedral is the most highly prized building in the city. The first foundation stone was laid in 1388 by Bishop Pedrosa but it took four centuries to complete.
Among the other splendid buildings to see is the Bishop's Palace located near the Cathedral. Dated 1748 it has two wonderful facades. The Convent Church of Santa Ana is 18th century and is the third church to be built on this site, the original being 1490. Here you can try the freshly baked cakes, made by the nuns and served through a revolving hatch. The Church of San Miguel is an 18th century church which has wonderful coloured altar-pieces. The Almudi dates from 1602 and houses the art centre and city archives.
In all, Murcia has everything to offer the visitor and you can almost certainly guarantee that no matter what time of year you visit, you will be wrapped up in some kind of fiesta or celebration. You will find the people pleasant and friendly towards tourists.